Every Child Thrives
The Every Child Thrives project launched in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya in August 2016. This project is a mass drug administration program, providing de-worming treatments and Vitamin A supplements to children from 5 – 59 months of age in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya.
Children in this age group are especially vulnerable to worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency, and national drug administration programs that are run through schools do not cover them. This gap in treatment puts them at risk for worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency that can cause any of the following:
- Stunted growth
- Poor physical health
- Reduced mental acuity
It is important to protect these children at high risk. Vitamin A deficiency often makes the effects of worm infections worse, and vice versa. By incorporating the administration of Vitamin A supplements into the program, we are able to ensure that these children have an even better chance of growing into healthy adults.
The project will be implemented by effect:hope, MAP International, Vitamin Angels, and Health ministries in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya.
- Acquiring and distributing de-worming drugs for children
- Training community members on the importance of de-worming & Vitamin A
- Ensuring health systems are inclusive by training health workers to make the program child and disability-friendly
- Raising awareness of worm infections and Vitamin A deficiency in communities
1.4 million boys and girls will receive de-worming treatments & Vitamin A supplements,
16.5 thousand health workers and volunteers will receive training, indirectly benefiting a total of 5.7 million people that the trained health workers & volunteers will serve.
Millions of lives can be changed through this project, but we will need your help.
Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada